The Safety Relief Valve Handbook

The Safety Relief Valve Handbook

Design and Use of Process Safety Valves to ASME and International Codes and Standards

1st Edition - August 28, 2009

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  • Author: Marc Hellemans
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080961187
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781856177122

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The Safety Valve Handbook is a professional reference for design, process, instrumentation, plant and maintenance engineers who work with fluid flow and transportation systems in the process industries, which covers the chemical, oil and gas, water, paper and pulp, food and bio products and energy sectors. It meets the need of engineers who have responsibilities for specifying, installing, inspecting or maintaining safety valves and flow control systems. It will also be an important reference for process safety and loss prevention engineers, environmental engineers, and plant and process designers who need to understand the operation of safety valves in a wider equipment or plant design context.

Key Features

  • No other publication is dedicated to safety valves or to the extensive codes and standards that govern their installation and use. A single source means users save time in searching for specific information about safety valves
  • The Safety Valve Handbook contains all of the vital technical and standards information relating to safety valves used in the process industry for positive pressure applications.
  • Explains technical issues of safety valve operation in detail, including identification of benefits and pitfalls of current valve technologies
  • Enables informed and creative decision making in the selection and use of safety valves
  • The Handbook is unique in addressing both US and European codes:
    - covers all devices subject to the ASME VIII and European PED (pressure equipment directive) codes;
    - covers the safety valve recommendations of the API (American Petroleum Institute);
    - covers the safety valve recommendations of the European Normalisation Committees;
    - covers the latest NACE and ATEX codes;
    - enables readers to interpret and understand codes in practice
  • Extensive and detailed illustrations and graphics provide clear guidance and explanation of technical material, in order to help users of a wide range of experience and background (as those in this field tend to have) to understand these devices and their applications
  • Covers calculating valves for two-phase flow according to the new Omega 9 method and highlights the safety difference between this and the traditional method
  • Covers selection and new testing method for cryogenic applications (LNG) for which there are currently no codes available and which is a booming industry worldwide
  • Provides full explanation of the principles of different valve types available on the market, providing a selection guide for safety of the process and economic cost
  • Extensive glossary and terminology to aid readers’ ability to understand documentation, literature, maintenance and operating manuals
  • Accompanying website provides an online valve selection and codes guide.


Safety and loss prevention professionals; process and plant engineers in all chemical, petroleum and process industry sectors

Table of Contents

  • Valve basics
    Overpressure protection
    Codes and Standards
    ASME and API
    Design Fundamentals
    Safety Valve selection
    Maintenance and testing
    Cryogenic applications
    Non-Conformance of existing pressure relief systems

Product details

  • No. of pages: 326
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2009
  • Published: August 28, 2009
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080961187
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781856177122

About the Author

Marc Hellemans

Marc Hellemans holds a masters degree in electro mechanics and started end of the 70-ies working in the Flow Control business. More particular he specialized in Pressure Relief Devices in the process industry. He ended his long corporate career with Tyco Flow Control in 2008, where he held various senior management positions: Vice President Sales & Marketing for the Engineered Products group (Flow Control & Automation). Managing Director for a manufacturing plant of a major brand pressure relief devices (Anderson Greenwood Crosby). He was part of the M&A team of Tyco Flow Control and realized various mergers & acquisitions and managed the restructurings. Since 2008 he is managing partner at Vh Consult where he is working as a senior consultant in the field of overpressure protection in the process industry and where he is active worldwide in consulting both end users and pressure relief device manufacturers on overpressure protection. Conducting many trainings and lectures all over the world in particular the Middle East and South East Asia. Author of the book: “The Safety Relief Valve Handbook” published by Elsevier and various articles on Flow Control, Pressure Relief and Marketing published by Kluwer.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Pressure Relief Specialist, Belgium; formerly Tyco Flow Control, US and UK

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